Powdered sugar, also known as confectioners' sugar
or icing sugar
, is very fine sugar. When intended for home use, it typically contains a small amount of anti-caking agent.A sweetener obtained by pulverizing granulated sugar and adding approximately 3% cornstarch. The blend is ground to the desired fineness, that is, 4×, 6×, or 8×. It is very soluble in water. Applications include confectioneries and icings.
Uses of Powdered Sugar:
In industrial food production, it is used where a quick dissolving sugar is required. Domestically, it is principally used to make icing or frosting and other cake decorations. It is often lightly dusted onto baked goods to add a light sweetness and subtle decoration.
Powdered sugar is generally mixed with cornstarch, wheat flour, or calcium phosphate to improve its flowing ability, and thus it is not generally used to sweeten beverages. Industrial grades without these additives are available. However, icing sugar in the UK does not have cornstarch or wheat flour added.
How to make Powdered Sugar:
To make powdered sugar at home by putting normal granulated sugar in a coffee grinder or grinding it by hand in a mortar and pestle.
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